Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Dunedin (Territorial authority), Otago (NZ)
13 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university and a leader across all fields of academic endeavour – the humanities, sciences, health sciences and business – regularly topping the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission’s research and education performance indicators.

Research excellence underpins all academic activity, with over 1,600 research-active staff and more than 4,500 of the University’s 20,000 students studying at the post-graduate level. The University has leadership roles in national Centres of Research Excellence and the country’s National Science Challenges. It hosts 13 multidisciplinary research themes and 14 research centres, including two of the world’s most highly regarded health and development longitudinal studies.

The Role

The Senior Research and Policy Analyst is a member of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise (DVC (R&E)) with specific responsibilities for providing quality analysis of research information and up-to-date, expert policy advice to support the delivery of the University’s research strategy.

The role is based in Dunedin and includes engaging across all parts of the University and with external stakeholders to analyse, manage, co-ordinate and advise on particular research projects or programmes at the request of the DVC (R&E). The role also supports the University’s Research Committee and key operational functions of the Research Division.

Role Requirements

As a successful applicant, you will have the following:

  • Proven experience in postgraduate research with a research higher degree.
  • An excellent understanding of the New Zealand research environment in a research intensive organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing high level advice and project management.
  • High-level research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Cultural acumen and awareness, including a demonstrated commitment to Treaty of Waitangi partnerships, are important for this role. You will have a professional, pro-active and service-oriented approach to your work and exercise a high level of discretion when dealing with confidential matters.

Further Details

In return, the University of Otago offers an outstanding working environment in one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, combined with a work-life balance Dunedin has to offer.

How to Apply

To submit your application please click the ‘apply’ button below. Applications quoting reference number 1700798 will close on Sunday, 30 April 2017.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

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